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The Dardenne Brothers Collection DVD Review

23 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Starring: Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Deborah Francois, Jeremie Segard, Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Morgan Marinne, Arta Dobroshi, Assita Ouedraogo

 Running Time: 580 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Filmographies, Trailers, Pictures, Interviews, Footage From Cannes, Visiting the Locations

The Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, are Belgium’s most renowned filmmakers. Not only that, but every one of their films since 1999’s Rosetta has played at the Cannes Film Festival and won a major prize. In the 12 years spanning the release between Rosetta and last year’s effort The Kid With A Bike, they have won more awards than any other filmmakers in the history of the festival, which includes both of their Palme d’Or wins. All five of the films from those 12 years can be found in this fantastic collection, along with 1996’s La Promesse.

La Promesse (1996)

La Promesse is when The Dardenne Brothers really hit their stride. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part Two)

22 December 2012 4:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


25: The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

2012, USA

The Dark Knight Rises feels as if it was made up of two equal halves, with the most critical moment of the film breaking the movie in half, almost literally. While the second half may have been a let down, the first half is incredibly ambitious to say the least. The opening sequence, a gravity-defying skyjacking, is a tour de force – wildly choreographed, vivid, visceral, and chock full of suspense. That aerial extraction alone is worth the price of admission. Production-wise, effects-wise, Nolan’s movie (with sequences shot with Imax cameras) is staggering. There was an opportunity here for Nolan to stretch the boundaries of what is possible in the genre, alas, the final act becomes a little too conventional – complete with a doomsday device and a ticking-clock countdown. But for every quibble, »

- Ricky

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10 best movies of 2012: 'Django Unchained,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and more

20 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The best movies of 2012 represent a year in cinema that didn't exactly get off to a great start, but had a big finish.

All but two of our picks for the year's best were released after July, and four of them have yet to open in wide release. That means there's a lot of great movies to see in theaters right now, or very soon.

Here are our choices for the 10 best movies of 2012 (and five honorable mentions):

Honorable mentions: Paul Thomas Anderson's gorgeous and divisive "The Master" (pictured above); Rich Moore's moving and inventive Disney animation "Wreck-It Ralph"; Ang Lee's visually dazzling "Life of Pi"; Lauren Greenfield's amusing, trenchant documentary "The Queen of Versailles"; Stephen Chbosky's heartfelt "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

10. "ParaNorman"

Even in a generally solid year for animation, "ParaNorman" stands out with its bold visual design and brave narrative choices. »


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Awards Season 2013: Who's Leading the Pack?

18 December 2012 3:06 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jennifer Lawrence are the favorites so far this awards season, based on the top choices of U.S.-based critics and other awards-giving groups (e.g., the National Board of Review, the Independent Feature Project’s Gotham Awards), and on the nominations for the Spirit Awards, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards. Needless to say, the critics’ picks will not necessarily match those of the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have your Oscar ad filled with "Best of the Year" citations, particularly if they’re from the likes of, say, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association or the New York Film Critics Circle. (The National Society of Film Critics will be announcing their 2012 winners on January 5, 2013, two days after this year’s Oscar nomination polls close. Now, don’t be »

- Andre Soares

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DVD Playhouse: September 2012

3 September 2012 10:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

Quadrophenia (Criterion) Franc Roddam’s 1979 film based on The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of working class lad Jimmy (Phil Daniels) struggling to find his identity in a rapidly changing Britain, circa 1965. Jimmy is a “mod,” a youth movement dedicated to wearing snappy suits, driving Vespa motor scooters bedecked with side mirrors, popping amphetamines and obsessed with the new sound of bands like The Who and The Kinks. Their other pastime is engaging in bloody brawls with “rockers,” throwbacks to the 1950s, who listen to Elvis and Gene Vincent, wear leather biker gear, grease in their hair and drive massive motorcycles a la Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Often cited as a worthy successor to “Rebel Without a Cause” as the greatest angry youth picture ever made, it is that and more, including a first cousin to the “kitchen sink” dramas of scribes John Osborne, »

- The Hollywood

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Blu-ray Review: The Dardennes’ ‘La Promesse,’ ‘Rosetta’ Arrive on Criterion

28 August 2012 6:41 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – When a film has gotten viewers so invested in a character’s plight that it prompts them to shout at the screen, it’s clear that they are in the hands of a master filmmaker. Consider the legendary stories from the initial theatrical run of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” when audiences found themselves screaming at Vera Miles to not investigate the fruit cellar, where her imminent doom appeared to be waiting.

After helming six celebrated narrative features, the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have proven to be masters of suspense in their own right. Though their films often run only a hair over 90 minutes, they leave the audience feeling drained. By the time they reach their third act, I always find myself perched on the edge of my seat while my holding my breath with the hope that no harm will come to the protagonists. Yet while Hitch »

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Criterion Corner Review: Two of the '90s' Best French Films Hit Blu-ray

19 August 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Welcome to Criterion Corner, where the movies love you back. A column dedicated to the wide and wonderful world of the Criterion Collection, Criterion Corner runs reviews of New Criterion releases, as well as various features pertaining to Criterion culture. Follow @CriterionCorner and the Criterion Corner Tumblr for daily updates! #620 La Promesse  (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 1996 #621 Rosetta (dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 1999 The Films: “Cinema is not obligatory.” That’s what Jean-Pierre Dardenne told his brother, Luc, when their careers as filmmakers seemed to be stalling out in the early 1990s. Their transition from competent but (commercially unsuccessful) documentary work to feature-length fictions was not...

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- David Ehrlich

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Criterion Collection: La Promesse | Blu-ray Review

14 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

La Promesse, newly released on Blu-ray by Criterion, introduced the world to the filmmaking team of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and their patented brand of realism on steroids. Produced during the booming economy of 1996, La Promesse, is a contemporary story of dissipated dreams and crumbling morals, told amid an unrelenting atmosphere of dank squalor. Against this unlikely backdrop, a troubled teenager unearths his own deeply buried moral compass, and transforms the dingy streets and narrow alleyways of his life into a new path to a world of human decency.

The plight of newly arrived immigrants, a favorite topic of the Dardenne Brothers, is the driving theme here, as we meet Igor (Jérémie Renier), a 15 year old who divides his time between apprenticing as a mechanic and helping his father (Olivier Gourmet) in the family business. But that endeavor is a dodgy one, involving the exploitation of undocumented workers through a »

- David Anderson

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Tarantino, Scorsese and Other Directors Reveal Their Top 10 Movies of All Time

6 August 2012 8:08 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

There was plenty of discussion across the movie blogosphere following last week's announcement that Vertigo had dethroned Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time according to Sight & Sound's decennial poll. In addition to revealing the top 50 as determined by critics, they also provided a top 10 based on a separate poll for directors only. In the print version of the magazine, they have taken it a step further by reprinting some of the individual top 10 lists from the filmmakers who participated, and we now have some of them here for your perusal. Among them, we have lists from legends like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino, but there are also some unexpected newcomers who took part including Richard Ayoade (Submarine), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Some of these lists aren't all that surprising (both Quentin Tarantino »

- Sean

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Top Ten Movies of All-Time from Scorsese, Tarantino, Coppola, Allen, Del Toro and More

6 August 2012 6:33 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week, the recent Sight & Sound list of the top 50 movies of all-time (find it here) was released. The poll is conducted every ten years and this year's edition was made by polling 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors. In addition to that list, however, Sight & Sound polled 358 film directors, which included Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Mike Leigh. Tallying the results the directors' top ten looked like this: Tokyo Story (dir. Yasujiro Ozu) 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick) Citizen Kane (dir. Orson Welles) 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini) Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese) Apocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola) The Godfather (dir. Francis Ford Coppola) Vertigo (dir. AAlfred Hitchcock) Mirror (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky) Bicycle Thieves (dir. Vittoria De Sica) The problem, for me at least, is that doesn't really tell us much. Just like the Sight & Sound list we're looking at something that simply lists »

- Brad Brevet

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DVD Review: 'The Kid with a Bike'

23 July 2012 6:29 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Directed by two-time Palme d'Or-winning Belgium duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo, 2011) continues a remarkably consistent partnership. We're thrust straight into the action as the film opens with a young boy whose life of conflict and disobedience has resulted in him running away from the children's home his father (Jeremie Renier) has abandoned him in. His name is Cyril (Thomas Doret), a deeply troubled boy, wrestling with the hefty emotions evoked by paternal rejection.

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The Kid With A Bike Blu-Ray Review

17 July 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Starring: Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Jeremie Renier, Egon Di Mateo

Running time: 87 minutes

Certificate: 12A

Extras: Return To Seraing Featurette With Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Interview With Cecile De France, Trailer

Revolving a story around children is risky business. It can work beautifully – see Spielberg’s Empire Of The Sun (1987) – or can go terribly wrong – such the Macaulay Culkin vehicle Richie Rich (1994). For The Kid With A Bike, the Dardenne brothers have chosen to set a film around exactly that, a kid… erm, with a bike. The titular child is Cyril (Doret), who resides, short term, in a foster home as a result of his incompetent father (Renier). Whilst here he grows tired of waiting for his father’s return and begins searching for him, eventually leading him to Samantha (De France), a hairdresser who fosters Cyril in an effort to guide him onto the right path. »

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The Academy Invites 176 To Membership

29 June 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy.s roster of members.

.These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .I.m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member..

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:


Simon Baker . .Margin Call,. .L.A. Confidential.

Sean Bean . .Flightplan,. .The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Bérénice Bejo . .The Artist,. .Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.

Tom Berenger . .Inception,. .Platoon.

Demián Bichir . .A Better Life,. .Che.

Jessica Chastain . .The Help,. .The Tree of Life.

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Jonah Hill, Terrence Malick, Melissa McCarthy and 173 others invited to join Academy

29 June 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.

Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.

For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website. »

- Erin Strecker

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Academy Invites 176; Terrence Malick, Lucy Walker, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardennes Make the Cut

29 June 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invites to join the organization to 176 artists and executives. Per usual, the list is a doozy of newcomers and established talent. Big names to finally make the cut include: Terrence Malik who was nominated last year for "The Tree of Life"; Palme d'Or winning filmmaking duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; "In the Mood for Love" auteur Wong Kar Wai; Matthew McConaughey who's experiencing a creative high this year thanks to strong turns in "Magic Mike" and "Killer Joe"; "Tumbleweeds" star Janet McTeer; and Michelle Yeoh. Among some of the new names: "Bullhead" director Michael R. Roskam; Academy Award-winner Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"); Jessica Chastain; and both stars from "The Artist," Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin. Invited Documentary filmmakers include: "Waste Land" helmer Lucy Walker; Marshall »

- Nigel M Smith

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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

29 June 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news » The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

The 2012 invitees are:


Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”

Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”

Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon

Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che

Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life

Clifton Collins, »

- Josh Abraham

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Palme dOr Winner Prediction: Amour

27 May 2012 1:00 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amour: director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant The Cannes Film Festival 2012‘s Palme d’Or winner? Well, though the two — critical raves, Palme d’Or — don’t always go hand in hand, the most widely acclaimed presentation at Cannes this year was Michael Haneke‘s tale of love and death, Amour / Love, starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. So, I’m betting on Amour. [See also Cannes 2012: Best Actor Predictions; Cannes 2012: Best Actress Predictions; several Amour review snippets; the French-language Amour trailer.] In case Amour does take home the Palme d’Or, that’ll be Michael Haneke’s second win in three years: Haneke’s The White Ribbon, about Germany’s Nazi generation (long before they became Nazis), received Cannes’ top prize in 2009. That would also be a record-breaking small gap between Palme d’Ors: Bille August had to wait four years (Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; The Best Intentions, 1992); Francis Ford Coppola five years (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979, tied with Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum »

- Andre Soares

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I Wish Movie Review

15 May 2012 6:42 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: I Wish Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka, Joe Odagiri, Kirin Kiki If Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne were Japanese instead of French-Belgian, or perhaps set out to craft a homage to Yasujiro Ozu that was crossed with a sort of whimsical yet melancholic version of “The Parent Trap,” it might well resemble “I Wish,” writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest effort. A tender but yawning story of childhood desires and maturation, the movie features some superlative adolescent performances, but also seems a bit caught up in its own relaxed rhythms and beatific point-of-view. A premiere at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival that was recently featured as part  [ Read More ] »

- bsimon

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Garrett Hedlund/Kristen Stewart/On The Road Box-Office/Oscar Chances

9 May 2012 11:31 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, IFC FilmsOn the Road Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart, Walter SallesOn the Road movie version of Jack Kerouac‘s iconic novel will be distributed in North America by IFC Films and Sundance Selects. Is that good news for North Americans? Definitely. Is that good news for On the Road? Well, it’s both good and not-so-good news. It’s good news in that Walter Salles’ film has finally landed a U.S. distributor, which means a 2012 release — some time in the fall, according to reports. It’s not great news for those who were expecting On the Road to find a box-office and awards-season-savvy North American distributor. IFC Films releases usually get enthusiastic reviews, but for the most part they have performed modestly — or downright poorly (at times abysmally) — at the North American box office. Andrew Haigh’s Weekend took in $484k, »

- Andre Soares

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Breathing – review

19 April 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Austrian drama about a teenager with a dead-end job feels like a labour of love

Karl Markovics is the Austrian actor known best for his leading role in 2007 Oscar winner The Counterfeiters, in which he played a Jewish forger, imprisoned in a Nazi camp and forced to take part in a scheme to flood Allied economies with fake banknotes. Now Markovics has made his debut as a writer and director, and it is tremendously impressive: starkly lit and alertly composed and controlled in the Austrian style of Haneke, Hausner et al, but also with a sense of warmth and redemptive purpose that is more like the British social realists. Markovics may conceivably have been inspired by The Son, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Roman Kogler, played by Thomas Schubert, is a teenage boy who grew up in an orphanage and is now a convicted criminal, imprisoned in a very grim juvenile-detention centre. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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